Healthy UNH Blogger: Heather DeMello

Home Town: Newmarket, NH

Major: Occupational Therapy (MS) Graduation Year: 2015

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?

In the occupational therapy program I am learning how to help individuals engage in meaningful every day activities following a traumatic health event. I also live a pretty active lifestyle on campus.I work out at the Whit regularly and lead the hip hop and step team on campus, Sisters in Step.

Favorite Food: Mexican; who doesn’t love guacamole!

Favorite Movie: Anchorman

Favorite Book: Proof of Heaven

What place in the world do you most want to visit? Europe, but particularly Greece and Croatia

Favorite Dining Hall:

As a vegetarian it can be difficult to find healthy balanced meals, but I never find myself leaving Stillings hungry!There is always a wide selection of vegetarian options offered at the vegan station every day.The open design of the dining hall also creates a more relaxed environment to eat and catch up with friends after a busy day of classes.

What do you love about UNH?

I grew up in a small town, so I chose UNH because has a beautiful campus with endless opportunities to meet new people.UNH is a large school with about 12,000 undergraduate students, which is one of my favorite things about it.The campus is always lively with things to do and people to see.I also love that UNH is located on the seacoast.We are close enough to enjoy both the beaches and the mountains!

As a Healthy UNH Intern, What are you most excited about?

I am most excited about having the opportunity to reach out to students who may be experiencing physical or mental health issues.As an occupational therapy student I hope to bring new perspectives and promote others to live a healthy lifestyle on campus!

Success without the Stress

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

Do you feel as though you have a to-do list as long as your arm? One of the most common causes of stress is feeling pressured by a lack of time. The managing of time and the managing of stress go hand in hand. Managing one is necessary to effectively manage the other. Feeling as though you have too much to do and not enough time to do it in can create a significant amount of stress.

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Plan Your Portions for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

For anyone trying to reach or maintain a personal weight goal, Thanksgiving can be a tough holiday. With so many delicious food tempting you, it can be difficult to maintain your healthy habits during the holiday season. Splurging on Thanksgiving dinner can set off a domino effect for eating habits throughout the holidays. Take control of the day and jumpstart your motivation for a happy and healthy holiday season. Incorporating fresh vegetables and produce into Thanksgiving dishes can bring health color and flavor to your table!

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Tagged In: Blog, Fitness, Healthy UNH, Heather DeMello, mental wellness, My Plate, Nutrition, Nutrition, portion, Wildcat Plate

Preventative Care Pays Off

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

Interested in having a more proactive role in your healthcare? Using preventative care services can decrease the risk of chronic disease while simultaneously reducing healthcare costs. Preventing disease is key to improving America’s health and keeping rising health costs under control. Most health plans must cover a set of preventive health services for children at no cost when delivered by an in-network provider.

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Tagged In: Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, Heather DeMello, MyPath2Wellness, prevention, Preventive Care

Urgent Care Centers-New Alternative to ER

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

It’s Saturday afternoon and your 6-year old son falls and injuries his wrist during a soccer game. His wrist is now tender and swollen, but your physician’s office is closed for the weekend. What do you do? When someone needs immediate medical care the first line of advice is to seek help at the nearest emergency room. But is this truly an emergency? A trip to the emergency room almost always involves a long wait and a high copay.

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Age of Champions!

Monday, September 22, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

Regularly exercise and physical activity are essential to support overall health at any age. The ability to maintain an active lifestyle becomes increasingly important as individuals age. The National Institute on Aging reports that regular physical activity in adulthood can result in many long-term health benefits and reduce the risk of acquiring diseases or disabilities associated with aging, such as arthritis, heart disease or diabetes.

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Tagged In: Aging, Healthy UNH, Heather DeMello, Older Adults, Physical Activity, UNH Event

Breakfast Blends with a Boost

Monday, September 8, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

Busy lifestyles have recently caused breakfast to become more of an afterthought than a priority. Does grabbing a banana while heading out the door sound all too familiar? As much as we would love to sit down to an omelet and cappuccino before work, most of us don’t have the time to get our healthy eating on. Well, time is no longer an excuse for skipping the most important meal of the day. Smoothies packed with nutrient rich fruits and vegetables are a great way to jumpstart your day!

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Workplace Health and Safety: What are the costs?

Monday, July 14, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

Similar to medical treatment expenses, Workers Compensation costs are rapidly increasing. The majority of costs are spent on occupational musculoskeletal disorders each year.

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Tagged In: Employees, Health, Health Care Consumerism, Health Cost, Workplace Safety

UNH Disability Services for Students (DSS)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
By: Heather DeMello
The number of high school students with disabilities who plan on continuing their education in college is increasing.
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Boost your Brain Health

Monday, June 30, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

Nutritionists and doctors have long emphasized the benefits of a low-fat diet, but not all fats are bad for your health! More than just the amount of fat, the types of fat that one consumes is what really matters. There are “good” fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids which play a crucial role in cognitive function, as well as normal growth and development. Omega-3 fats aid in the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, inflammatory diseases and cancer.

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Workplace Health and Safety: What are the costs?

Monday, June 16, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

Similar to medical treatment expenses, Workers Compensation costs are rapidly increasing. The majority of costs are spent on occupational musculoskeletal disorders each year. Daily work tasks that involve reaching and lifting, bending, sitting, pushing/pulling, keyboarding, using tools, operating machinery are often performed incorrectly. The stress of improper lifting and sitting techniques accumulates over time and wears the body down. Workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on employer costs.

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